No. 5 Villanova beats Xavier for 3rd straight Big East win

Xavier guard Larry Austin Jr. dribbles as Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II defends. 

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Arcidiacono had 18 points and six assists, Dylan Ennis finished with 17 points and six rebounds, and No. 5 Villanova made a season-high 15 3-pointers to beat Xavier 88-75 on Wednesday night.

Josh Hart added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (16-1 overall, 4-1 Big East), who have won three straight conference games by an average of nearly 15 points since their only loss of the season.

JayVaughn Pinkston (12 points) and Darrun Hilliard (10 points) also hit double figures for the ‘Cats.

Center Matt Stainbrook scored 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting to lead Xavier (11-6, 2-3), which outscored Villanova 46-18 in the paint. J.P. Macura and Jalen Reynolds added 14 points apiece for the Musketeers.